We all know how difficult it is to arrange a social gathering of any kind when there are multiple people involved. Particularly if those people are spread out around different parts of the country. It’s hard enough to get a date everyone can do even when everybody is childless and only really has themselves to think about it. Fast forward a few years to a time when there are offspring involved and things can get very tricky indeed. Roughly, here’s how it goes…
Friend 1: We need to arrange a girls night everyone! It’s been too long! Next month? Friend 2: I can do any weekend next month. Friend 3: I have a wedding the last weekend but I can do any of the others. Friend 4: How about the second weekend? Friend 5: Works for me. Friend 3: And me. Friend 2: Me too! Friend 1: It’s a date! Yay!
Then a wonderful weekend of fun is had, usually looking something like this:
Friend 1: Girls we haven’t all been together in ages! Let’s arrange something. Friend 2: Yes definitely! I have no weekends free this month, but I am free a few weekends next month. Friend 3: I can’t do Saturdays, we have Benji’s football group. I could do a Sunday? Friend 4: I can’t do any Sunday’s until June – Freddy has a birthday party every week between now and then 🙄 Friend 1: Can anyone do midweek? Friend 3: I can do Tuesdays or Thursdays apart from every 3rd Thursday of the month. Friend 5: I can usually do Tuesdays, other than school holidays. Friend 1: I can do Tuesday mornings but not afternoons. Friend 4: Tuesday 1st May? Friend 5: I’ll just need to double check. I’ll get back to you.
Many days pass. Somebody remembers Friend 5 has yet to confirm and casually prompts them.
Friend 5: Sorry, I completely forgot: but yes, I can do that day! Friend 3: I didn’t think this was going ahead anymore! Sorry, I can’t make that date now!
Everyone goes back to the drawing board and further back and forth discussions ensue.
Finally, after some time, a solution is reached…
Friend 1: So we’re all free 3 months from now on Tuesday 27th July between 9:30 and 11:45! Great… it’s a plan!
When it eventually happens, it is a little less SATC, and a little more:
Quick, someone get married/ have a massive birthday party that you plan waaaay in advance so we all have to put a weekend aside and spend it together!